More than a third of employees admit perks and benefits are amongst their top consideration before accepting a new job. They're never likely to be the ultimate deciding factor (culture and opportunity will outrank for most in this regard) but they can show a lot about the company culture without even stepping foot in the building.
And companies are getting more and more creative when it comes to what they offer in order to attract top talent. So here's our pick of the Top 10 in the UK which we feel deserve their own headlines:
It sucks working on your birthday, but at cloud services provider Rackspace you don’t have to - they give all employees their birthday off work.
In line with their “enrich not exploit” ethos, the cosmetics giant pays staff for five volunteering days per year allowing employees to satisfy their inner altruist.
Known as the ‘Huddle Cuddle’ - if you get a job at Huddle you’ll be welcomed with a golden hello of £5,000. Yup - you read that right - £5,000.
The annual ‘Christmas shopping day’ provided as a perk by Swinton Insurance is highly valued by its employees - particularly those who leave everything to the last minute….
AutoTrader UK has a wine club, giving employees discounted wine delivered to their door every month. My kind of club….
Peer 1 Hosting
The HQ at Peer 1 Hosting in Southampton has a giant helter-skelter slide, a tree house, a pub, pool table, a putting green, a giant swing, a cinema, and there's even a place where putting your feet up is an office rule.
To appeal to those with itchy feet, comparisons website Skyscanner lets it staff work in one if its 10 overseas offices (including Miami and Barcelona) for up to 30 days every two years. The UK office has also negotiated employee discounts at the local pub and beauty salon.
Hip London startup Swiftkey invites guest speakers for lunchtime talks to keep their employee’s minds stimulated and inspired. Celebrities such as Stephen Fry have talked in the past.
London based Made.com now allow employees dogs in the office saving employees £s in annual dog-sitting fees and making everyone that little bit happier.
Gaming company Mind Candy has turned their place of work into a play den including every imaginable office toy. Staff can even unwind with a quick game of Guitar Hero.
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